Performing and Studio Drummer
“If I was any musician in the world – not a drummer – that is who I want on the drums for me... she is a great example of a modern drummer.” Mike Johnston on the Modern Drummer podcast. (2019)
New York-based drummer Madden Klass is a vibrant, multifaceted player making herself heard and known by many through her prolific videos and performances. She has found success playing alongside Mike Doughty and Wheatus as well as cultivating her own sound with Space Junk is Forever and Raavi & the Houseplants. Inspired by the most demanding and exacting live drummers who have found success as band members, Madden has always seen her role as a player in the composition.
Born and raised on Long Island, Madden began playing at the young age of seven after becoming quickly obsessed with the Nickelodeon TV show, The Naked Brothers Band. She solidified her infatuation with drumming when she joined her local School of Rock, leading her to become a member of multiple bands that carried her all throughout middle and high school.
In 2019, Madden stepped away from her studies at Berklee College of Music to take on the demanding opportunity of being the sole drummer for the Mike Doughty/Wheatus North American tour. She performed the acclaimed Soul Coughing record Ruby Vroom as well as the Wheatus opening set, which encompassed a repertoire loaded with nuanced grooves. She has continued her endeavors supporting Mike Doughty on his latest release, Ghost of Vroom 2 (September 2020).
Lately, Madden has focused on capturing and polishing her drum sounds from her home studio, allowing her to take on new projects and continue exploring her artist identity. In the last year, she can be heard playing alongside a new group called Mæges, as well as the upcoming Space Junk is Forever full length. Additionally, she has found success in the drum community gathering more than 70K followers through curating content on Instagram.
Madden is currently endorsed by Meinl Cymbals, Ludwig Drums and Vic Firth sticks, TNR Products, and Snare Weight, Rim Riser, and Big Fat Snare Drum.